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Making of Modern Ukraine 6
The Grand Duchy of Lithuania
In the history of Europe, whether seen from the west or seen from Moscow, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania is often a missing piece. Yet it was once the largest state in Europe, and it is was the continent’s last major pagan power. After the coming of the Mongols, Lithuania gained control of most of the territories of old Kyivan Rus, whose peoples in turn transformed the Duchy’s politics and society. (Moscow, meanwhile, remained under the control of Mongol successor states). Many of the civilizational attainments of Kyiv, which became part of Lithuania, were preserved by the Grand Duchy. When the Grand Dukes of Lithuania became Polish kings, this created a new synthesis that would last for four hundred years, and will be the subject of lectures to come.
PS I fell behind last weekend, so three lectures this weekend! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.
Reading: Plokhy, Gates of Europe, chapter 7.
Valdimar/Volodymyr/Vladimir (r. 980-1015)
Yaroslav/Jarislief (r. 1019-1054, alone 1036-1054)
Harald Hardrade, King of Norway
Anne of Kyiv (c. 1030-1075)
Hilarion, metropoliton from 1051
Old Church Slavonic
Руська правда, Rus'ka pravda
Andrei Bogolyubskii (r. in Vladimir, 1157-1175)
Gediminas (r. Lithuania 1315-1343)
Perkunas (Perun or Thor), Andai (water), Teliavel
Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, 1380
Peter of Dusburg
Union of Krewo (1385)
Jogaila/Jagiełłó (r. Lithuania 1377–1434) (r. Poland 1386–1434)